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With the proliferation of bitcoin and other forms of digital (or "crypto") currencies around the world, a growing number of charitable donations are being given via these transaction vehicles. To what extent have community foundations entered this space? Which cryptocurrencies are the most popular in the field, and which are the most popular digital payment platforms? And how do processes surrounding these gifts differ across the field? CF Insights recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based community foundations to explore these questions, and more.
This archived webinar is the second in a four-part series designed to help school, district, and state administrators implement the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, a framework developed by WestEd's Center on School Turnaround.
Learn about WestEd's new Four Domains CALL System, an online tool that identifies a school or district's unique leadership opportunities and challenges.
CALL utilizes a multi-source comprehensive survey to assess core leadership practices distributed across an organization and the results are used to create a targeted action plan that supports professional growth and school effectiveness.
The Four Domains CALL System delivers:
Domain-specific feedback on your schools' strengths and opportunities for improvement that will inform planning and monitoring
A shared understanding of excellence and the required leadership skills and knowledge necessary to achieve improvements
Data comparisons against national norms and previous school-level CALL administrations
Tools to measure ongoing progress
Who Will Benefit
School & District Administrators
State School Improvement Directors
Center for Economic and Policy Research;
This paper raises three issues on the relationship between intellectual property and inequality. The first is a simple logical point. Patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property are public policy. They are not facts given to us by the world or the structure of technology somehow. While this point should be self-evident, it is rarely noted in discussions of inequality or ways to address it.
Foundations create a lot more knowledge than they use, and most don't capture the full value of this data. Attached is our primer on trends in knowledge management. Learn what's changed, and discover easier ways to work. If you'd like to take advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate better insights, here are tips on how to design better systems and workflows for your team. It also includes a 9-stage scale to decide how sophisticated your current approach is, and where you can improve.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust;
CLAP, which stands for "Career and Life Adventure Planning", takes an integrated approach and aims to support youth through the journey from engagement and self-understanding to career exploration and planning. The Programme leverages innovation and technology to transform CLP service delivery in schools and the community. It also recognises the importance of the external environment, and takes a collaborative approach involving different stakeholders including parents, employers, Government, schools, and community organisations.
This report uses 2013–2015 International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to trace Swedish aid to Tanzania to its end use. It finds that general budget support (GBS) accounted for much of Swedish aid in 2013 and 2015, but could not determine final expenditures using IATI data. In the absence of GBS, the authors could only confirm that in 2014, 28 percent of Swedish aid arrived in Tanzania, via the government and Tanzania-based organizations. A key constraint to traceability is that Sweden does not require aid implementers to report to IATI. The report recommends that Sweden encourage such reporting.
Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) is a planning approach piloted in Ghana as a sanitation demand creation and triggering method to increase household investment in toilet facilities. It is implemented by the Government of Ghana in Ashaiman Municipal Assembly with technical support from people's Dialogue on Human Settlements and funding from UNICEF-Ghana. This paper provides results from the implementation process. Within a year of actual implementation, over 800 households inAshaiman's largely informal settlements expressed interest in sanitation investment with over 300 already with complete functional toilets.
Pew Research Center;
Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America's youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Today, roughly half (51%) of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook, notably lower than the shares who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat.
This shift in teens' social media use is just one example of how the technology landscape for young people has evolved since the Center's last survey of teens and technology use in 2014-2015. Most notably, smartphone ownership has become a nearly ubiquitous element of teen life: 95% of teens now report they have a smartphone or access to one. These mobile connections are in turn fueling more-persistent online activities: 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis.
The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. Minorities of teens describe that effect as mostly positive (31%) or mostly negative (24%), but the largest share (45%) says that effect has been neither positive nor negative.
Research has shown that youth living within the juvenile justice system have higher instances of unplanned teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, few sexual health education resources are available to meet the needs of this special group.
The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, as part of a multi-year study, partnered with the Oregon Youth Authority and app-creator Efficacity to create Healthy U, a tablet-based app.
Healthy U is designed to curb unplanned teen pregnancy by educating young males, ages 14-19, who are living in juvenile justice facilities. Through games, interactive scenarios, and short videos, the app provides information about puberty, sexual health, sexual consent, and healthy relationships.
In this archived webinar, you will learn about the Healthy U app.
Who Will Benefit
Individuals interested in low-cost, innovative methods for teaching sexual health education
Individuals serving justice-involved youth
Officials from state or county offices serving justice-involved youth
Staff from federal agencies and foundations that fund innovations and studies in health and/or justice
What You Will Learn
During this webinar, participants will:
Learn about the Healthy U app and how it was tailored to target youthful offenders
Discover how the Oregon Youth Authority has been using the app to provide sexual health education
Hear about current study findings on Healthy U
A major challenge for coral reef conservation and management is understanding how a wide range of interacting human and natural drivers cumulatively impact and shape these ecosystems. Despite the importance of understanding these interactions, a methodological framework to synthesize spatially explicit data of such drivers is lacking. To fill this gap, we established a transferable data synthesis methodology to integrate spatial data on environmental and anthropogenic drivers of coral reefs, and applied this methodology to a case study location–the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). Environmental drivers were derived from time series (2002–2013) of climatological ranges and anomalies of remotely sensed sea surface temperature, chlorophyll-a, irradiance, and wave power. Anthropogenic drivers were characterized using empirically derived and modeled datasets of spatial fisheries catch, sedimentation, nutrient input, new development, habitat modification, and invasive species. Within our case study system, resulting driver maps showed high spatial heterogeneity across the MHI, with anthropogenic drivers generally greatest and most widespread on O'ahu, where 70% of the state's population resides, while sedimentation and nutrients were dominant in less populated islands. Together, the spatial integration of environmental and anthropogenic driver data described here provides a first-ever synthetic approach to visualize how the drivers of coral reef state vary in space and demonstrates a methodological framework for implementation of this approach in other regions of the world. By quantifying and synthesizing spatial drivers of change on coral reefs, we provide an avenue for further research to understand how drivers determine reef diversity and resilience, which can ultimately inform policies to protect coral reefs.
Kapor Center for Social Impact;
This report introduces the Leaky Tech Pipeline Framework, explores data on underrepresentation and barriers to diversity, and provides a roadmap for comprehensive interventions and solutions to increase racial and gender diversity across the tech ecosystem.
Automated decisions are increasingly part of everyday life, but how can the public scrutinize, understand, and govern them? To begin to explore this, Omidyar Network has, in partnership with Upturn, published Public Scrutiny of Automated Decisions: Early Lessons and Emerging Methods.
The report is based on an extensive review of computer and social science literature, a broad array of real-world attempts to study automated systems, and dozens of conversations with global digital rights advocates, regulators, technologists, and industry representatives. It maps out the landscape of public scrutiny of automated decision-making, both in terms of what civil society was or was not doing in this nascent sector and what laws and regulations were or were not in place to help regulate it.
Our aim in exploring this is three-fold:
1) We hope it will help civil society actors consider how much they have to gain in empowering the public to effectively scrutinize, understand, and help govern automated decisions;
2) We think it can start laying a policy framework for this governance, adding to the growing literature on the social and economic impact of such decisions; and
3) We're optimistic that the report's findings and analysis will inform other funders' decisions in this important and growing field.